The Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC) is a 1.5 million dollar prize competition between universities for programming autonomously modified Dallara IL-15 racing cars. The Indy Autonomous Challenge builds on the successful 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge, which led to a sharp increase in research and development efforts in the field of autonomous vehicles. The teams will compete in the world’s first autonomous head-to-head race at speeds of up to 300 km/h around the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway on October 23, 2021.
The Technical University of Munich (TUM) has decided to participate in this race series with its own team called TUM Autonomous Motorsport based on the knowledge of various institutes. The team wants to develop different functions for the operation of the autonomous racing car and evaluate them afterwards.
The goal of the TUM-IAC Teams is the development of a software which is able to handle an autonomous Level-5 vehicle at the vehicle dynamic limits on the racetrack with several vehicles. To achieve this goal, the individual team members work on sub-projects, each of which contributes to the overall software architecture of the autonomous vehicle. The focus is on dynamic path planning with several vehicles in the driving dynamic limit range on the one hand, and on the other hand on the perception of the environment and localization at high speeds. In order to achieve these goals, the behavior of the opposing racing vehicle must be predicted quickly and reliably on the one hand, and on the other hand, the driving dynamics limit for controlling the vehicle must be determined. Test drives with the IAC vehicle are then used to evaluate the real-time capability, performance and reliability of the newly developed algorithms.
The Indy Autonomous challenge was won by the TUM Autonomous Motorsport team and we received the winning price of 1$ Million Dollar. The team consists of the following people: Tobias Betz, Johannes Betz, Felix Fent, Alexander Heilmeier, Leonhard Hermansdorfer, Thomas Herrmann, Sebastian Huch, Maximilian Geisslinger, Phillip Karle, Felix Nobis, Leven Ögretmen, Tim Stahl, Rainer Trauth, Florian Sauerbeck, Matthias Rowold, Alexander Wischnewski, Boris Lohmann, Markus Lienkamp